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Saving Max

Abstract

Throughout the semester, my professor, Dr. Ann Pancake, continually encouraged the class become writers “on whom nothing is lost,” to quote author Henry James. I’ve always been interested in the mystery of a metaphysical world, but in a more innocent and child-like form, hence the concept of an imaginary friend with a very real heart and soul. As I built the story, I noticed a correlation between an imaginary friend and adolescence. The carefree innocence of youth is often interrupted by tragic loss, bitter struggle, or, in this case, disease and mental illness, but it shouldn’t be forgotten entirely. The imaginary friend represented remnant childhood memories that didn’t die but continued developing alongside his person. This story encouraged me to dig deeper into serious themes and to write intentionally, using my work to confront real issues. I got to experience firsthand readers’ reactions to my writing in a full-class workshop and hear their opinions and advice. The entire writing process has inspired me to continue writing and honing my skills in storytelling as I endeavor to become an author on whom nothing is lost.

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